Apple is taking its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) online this year after confirming on Tuesday that the annual event will be free to view for software developers in June.
Apple senior VP Phil Schiller said in a statement that the company “can’t wait” to meet and share its plans with the developer community this summer.
The event, now in its 31st year, will begin on 22nd June and is likely to have a schedule of events over several days, though Apple has yet to confirm the itinerary for 2020.
WWDC is usually an in-person event and has been hosted at the San Jose Convention Center since 2017.
However, the global pandemic has forced a change of plans this year.
Apple revealed in March that it would host WWDC on digital platforms.
Developers will be able to tune into the conference using either the Apple Developer App or by logging onto the Apple Developer Website.
WWDC is also popular with general tech fans as it often opens with a big keynote featuring CEO Tim Cook.
Apple used the event to unveil the Mac Pro last year, and it could announce new hardware again this year.
The main focus will be developers though, and Apple has announced a Swift Student Challenge to showcase some of the brightest young coders.
Schiller added: “WWDC20 will be our biggest yet, bringing together our global developer community of more than 23 million in an unprecedented way for a week in June to learn about the future of Apple platforms.”
The event will give developers the chance to see how future versions of Apple’s operating systems are coming along.
Apple is also likely to reveal the first details about iOS 14.
Now that the date for WWDC is set, the Cupertino-based company said that it will make further announcements about the event in early June.
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